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Game Masters at The Fleet Science Center!

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Have you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline yet?  I’m obsessed with everything RP1 because although it’s set in the near future, it heavily features the nostalgia of the 1980’s (not to mention, the audio book is narrated by Wil Wheaton).  In the book, I imagine that the OASIS game creator James Halliday’s collection of video game consoles and arcade games would have looked exactly like this new exhibition at Balboa Park’s Fleet Science Center, GAME MASTERS: The Exhibition.  I first heard about this exhibition on Good Morning San Diego on KUSI News from none other than Brad Perry.  After seeing just the arcade game portion of the segment, I knew I had to take the kids to see it.  I actually finished RP1 after I visited this fantastic exhibition, and I’m so glad I did because I learned so much about the game designers that I recognized exactly who Ernest Cline was referring to in many instances, including when he mentions Dave Theurer, creator of my all time favorite arcade game, Tempest.

GAME MASTERS is separated into three sections.  It starts off with “Arcade Heroes” showcasing arcade games from my childhood.  The “Game Changers” section features games and consoles that took video game playing to the next level.  Finally “Indies” highlights current games very familiar to my son and niece, like Angry Birds and of course, Minecraft.

Video game aficionados and fans of RP1 should definitely take advantage of visiting this amazing exhibition.  GAME MASTERS was developed by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and is open now through January 15, 2018.  Information about the Fleet Science Center, including hours and admission can be found here.



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Mei-Lin attempting to play Space Invaders

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My husband showing Dominic how it’s done! (Playing Elevator Action)

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There, in front of me, at the base of this long pillar of light, stood an old coin-operated arcade game.  I recognized its distinctive, angular cabinet immediately.  Tempest. Atari. 1980.

– Parzival, Ready Player One

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Your’s truly and Mei getting on the board!


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Dominic playing SIMS

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Playing Angry Birds on a touch-screen TV

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Having fun with Castle Crashers

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Not your typical game of “Air Hockey”

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The only other game I’m actually good at:  PaRappa the Rapper

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One of their all-time favorites:  MINECRAFT

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FTC Disclosure:  I received complementary passes to enjoy Game Masters: The Exhibition at The Fleet Science Center.  Although I did receive complementary passes, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Weekend in Pictures: In Good Company

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A few weekends ago, the company I work for had a very lovely Family Day for their employees and loved ones, which included a lunch and tickets to four museums of our choice at Balboa Park.  I brought my boys with me, and we started the day very early to ensure we could take in as much as we could before Dominic needed a nap.  Our day started off at the San Diego Air & Space Museum with a breakfast snack and a tour of the museum before a fabulous lunch (which also included a complimentary space picture, seen above).  There was a special exhibition by Ripley’s Believe or Not before we made our way through the rest of the museum.  We then headed to the San Diego Automotive Museum and ended our day at The Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, where my mom and dad used to take me and my sister nearly every month when we were kids.  My husband and I both brought our cameras, so it took me a bit of time to go through all of the pictures we had for this post.  We had such a wonderful time, and I would like to thank my company for a fantastic soiree.  Hope you had a great weekend!

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum

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Just a sampling of the fantastic food at the breakfast and luncheon.

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The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Exhibition.  Can you believe those are Jelly Belly jelly beans?!

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Very “True Blood”, no?

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Impressive to be so close to a piece of history:  The Berlin Wall.

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Of course, Dominic finds Angry Birds!

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The tallest man in the world.  We are not even close!

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The Air & Space Museum displays.  Did you know Duran Duran’s first choice of band name was RAF, which stood for the Royal Air Force?

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Check out Dominic with Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel, saving the day against the Red Baron!

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When he saw the face painter, Dominic had to get his staple, Spiderman!  Then he did what any superhero would do: Jumped on the moon and flew a plane.  All in a day’s work!

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At The San Diego Automotive Museum.  Dominic’s version of what he would fill his garage with.

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*sigh* My dream Vespa…

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I think the description says it all.  Check out the hooka in the front of the car!

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The Ruben H. Fleet Science Center.  We definitely took in more activities than pictures!  The ones included are from my iPhone, except for Dominic in the fire truck at Kid City.